Paul Melia: Thousands of jobs flow from a high quality water supply
IT's not just our health that will suffer if we don't clean up our water. Thousands of jobs in IT, pharmaceuticals and the food and tourist businesses are at risk if we don't improve quality and produce water on a par with the best in Europe.
Ireland faces a major challenge over the coming years. Water quality is improving, but hundreds of treatment plants across the State need to be upgraded.
And it's going to be very expensive -- experts say at least €500m is needed every year up to 2027 to meet EU targets on water quality.